A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money

In order to preserve their freedom and independence.

The following colleges in the United States, in order to preserve their liberty and independence, do not accept grants from the federal government or participate in any federal financial-aid or student-loan program.

  1. Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minnesota)
  2. Boyce College (Kentucky)
  3. Christendom College (Virginia)
  4. Faith Bible College (Maine)
  5. Grace Baptist College (Michigan)
  6. Grove City College (Pennsylvania)
  7. Gutenberg College (Oregon)
  8. Hillsdale College (Michigan)
  9. Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Tennessee)
  10. New College Franklin (Tennessee)
  11. New Saint Andrews College (Idaho)
  12. Patrick Henry College (Virginia)
  13. Pensacola Christian College (Florida)
  14. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas)
  15. Wyoming Catholic College (Wyoming)

Government aid comes with government strings, whether it goes directly to a school or directly to its students. To avoid these strings, a school must decline aid both to itself and to its students. That is, it must decline to participate in government-sponsored student loan and grant programs.

Most of the schools on the list refuse not only federal but also state and local government aid.

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Updated: May 8, 2019.

Published: December 2, 2017.

Author: Dean Clancy.

12 Replies to “A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money”

  1. I would really like to see an engineering school that doesn’t take federal money and that doesn’t participate in the federal aid programs – I’m not wealthy, just comfortable after 50 plus years of engineering and would like to leave part or all of my estate to such a school –

      1. I echo that: Grove City College has excellent academics (including Engineering and other STEM programs), an amazing campus designed by the architect of Central Park and other Ivy League schools, and they don’t take any federal dollars. A hidden gem.

  2. I don’t know if they offer an engineering degree, but I am suprised to not see College of the Ozarks on this list: students at C of O do not take out student loans; they are required to work on staff while at school, and graduate debt-free.
    The school maintains a christian character and emphasizes service while learning.

    1. The College of the Ozarks does accept Federal money. Their tuition is about 19K, the work portion of that bill covers about a fourth of that. The rest of the money is split between federal and state student grants and award and the College’s scholarship. Basically the Cost of Education scholarship is a last dollar paid scholarship, it makes up any shortfall left over from state and federal grants/awards and money generated from working for the College.

    1. Government aid comes with government strings, whether it goes directly to a school or directly to its students. To avoid these strings, a school must decline aid both to itself and to its students. That is, it must decline to participate in government-sponsored student loan and grant programs. This is what the above-listed schools do.

  3. check with Sattler University in Boston MA. it is a new start up that was offering free tuition last i knew.

  4. Congratulations to all on this list! It is heartwarming to see that liberty is flourishing in these small corners of our still somewhat free country.

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